The 2018/2019 British Inter-County Championships kick-off this weekend across England and Wales. 1800 players will be stepping up, having earned their place to represent their county, and we would like to wish everyone the very best success.
Premier Division Champions Yorkshire kick off their season with a home clash against Warwickshire, whilst newly promoted teams, Essex and Northamptonshire, will face Lincolnshire and West Midlands respectively.
Cornwall, having narrowly missed out on promotion, will face Cambridgeshire, who find themselves in unfamiliar territory in Division One, and will be looking at promotion back up to the premiership, as will Devon, who host Nottinghamshire this weekend. Sussex, who dominated division two last season, host Oxfordshire, whilst runners-up Hertfordshire are away to London.
Both Surrey and County Durham, who were relegated last season, will meet one another in their opening match, whilst 2017/18 division three winners, Humberside, face a journey south as they take on Kent. Division three runners-up, Berkshire will host Cumbria.
Buckinghamshire and Somerset are the newcomers to division three following their promotion last season and will face Gloucestershire and Montgomery and Radnor respectively. Northumberland had a tough season last year, finishing 10th in division two, and will face Wiltshire in their fist match. Cleveland, who missed out on staying up by only four points, will be looking to make a positive start as they face Norfolk away.
Only four games will take place in division four as Pembrokeshire vs Leicestershire have postponed until the end of the month. Only two points separated 8th and 9th place in division three last season, and Tyne and Wear were unfortunate to be relegated. They will face Shropshire, who will be hoping for a higher place finish last year, coming 9th, just above the Isle of Wight.
Scotland North and Scotland South will commence their matches on 13th/14th October.
Full fixtures are available at www.bdodarts.com/bicc.php